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of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: email@example.com homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 13 novembre 2013 ALIYEV WELCOMED BY GUL AT CANKAYA PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
STAR/TURKIYE/AKSAM - 13/11/2013
As part of his first trip abroad since he was re-elected to his post for a third time last month, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Ankara. President Abdullah Gul and First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul welcomed Aliyev and Azeri First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva with a ceremony at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. Afterwards, Gul conferred the Order of State to Aliyev, who in return decorated Gul with the Order of Haydar Aliyev. These two awards are the highest orders of the two states. The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his wife Emine Erdogan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sherifov, Interior Minister Remil Usubov, Communication Minister Ali Abbasov, Energy Minister Natig Aliyev, Transportation Minister Ziya Memmedov and Economy Minister Sahin Mustafayev. Speaking at the ceremony, Gul expressed his pleasure to award the Order of State, which was once presented to great leader and statesman of Azerbaijan, the late Haydar Aliyev, to another esteemed member of the Aliyev family. “Long live Azerbaijan! Long live Turkey! Long live Turkish-Azeri sisterhood,” Gul said. For his part, Aliyev declared Turkey as the closest friend, sibling and ally of Azerbaijan.
TURKEY, AZERBAIJAN CONFIRM POLITICAL SOLIDARITY, ENERGY COOPERATION
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 13/11/2013
Turkey and Azerbaijan underlined solidarity as regional allies and reviewed energy cooperation as the presidents of the two countries sat down for talks during a visit by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Ankara, the first trip abroad since he was re-elected to his post for a third time last month. Speaking at a joint news conference with Aliyev on Tuesday, President Abdullah Gul confirmed Turkey's support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying Azerbaijan's territorial integrity is a “national issue” for Turkey as well. “We reviewed big economic projects, [cooperation in the fields of] gas, energy and transportation. We also discussed the issue of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and liberation of Azerbaijan's occupied territories, which is a national issue for Azerbaijan and which we also view as a national issue,” Gul told the press conference. “I believe this [liberation of Azerbaijani territories] will be realized eventually,” Gul also said, adding that such a resolution in the long-standing conflict should come through diplomacy. Armenia occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian-majority enclave in Azerbaijan, and seven surrounding Azerbaijani regions in a war with Baku in the early 1990s, prompting Turkey to close its border with neighboring Armenia in a sign of solidarity with its ally Azerbaijan. The conflict remains unresolved until today and has the potential to destabilize the region. It also hampers attempts at normalization between Turkey and Armenia, two estranged neighbors that are at odds not only because of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, but also because of Armenian claims of genocide at the hands of the late Ottoman Empire at the beginning of last century. Two protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia to normalize relations and reopen the closed border were not implemented amid opposition from Azerbaijan, a regional ally and a key energy supplier for Turkey. “Turkey is always by our side on this matter; it is on the side of justice. Azerbaijan's lands have been under Armenian occupation for many years,” Aliyev said for his part. He said Azerbaijani people in the occupied lands were subject to ethnic cleansing. “It is not possible to make peace with such injustice,” he said. Aliyev said he and Gul discussed massive energy and transportation projects that connect the two countries, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. Underlining the close ties, Aliyev was awarded the Order of the Republic (Cumhuriyet Nisani) by President Gul for his outstanding success in strengthening bilateral ties between Turkey and Azerbaijan. President Gul was also awarded with the “Haydar Aliyev Order of the Republic” by Aliyev. “It is of the utmost importance for us to continue to maintain our friendship, brotherhood and good neighborly relations with Azerbaijan,” Gul said during the ceremony. “Turkey is the closest friend, brother and ally country for us,” Aliyev said, confirming the close relations between the two countries. Gul and Aliyev also visited the facilities of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) later in the day and watched demonstrations of the training aircraft “HURKUS” and the ATAK/T129 Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter, which were designed and manufactured by TAI, from the flight tower at TAI's facilities. Aliyev is due to have talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday. Cabinet ministers from the two countries will also attend a High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting, which takes place as a joint meeting of the cabinets of the two countries. Presidential elections took place in Azerbaijan on Oct. 9 this year and Aliyev has been re-elected to serve for the next five years. This is Aliyev's third term as president.
BARZANI’S VISIT TO DIYARBAKIR REFLECTS TURKEY’S SELF-CONFIDENCE: FM DAVUTOGLU
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 13/11/2013
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s visit to Diyarbakýr, an overwhelmingly Kurdish city, is a reflection of Turkey’s "self-confidence," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has suggested. Davutoglu said Barzani was invited to Diyarbakir by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan some time ago, and added that this should be considered as part of Turkey's "normalization process." “There will be a wedding ceremony in Diyarbakir and a very positive atmosphere will be created. This is in fact a part of our normalization and reflection of self-confidence. In the past, there were those who were against any contact between Kurds inside Turkey and outside, as if it would be the end of the world,” he told journalists upon returning from Iraq late on Nov. 11. “We are happy when we see bonds between Turkey and Bosnians or Albanians in the Balkans. The same is valid for Kurds as well,” Davutoglu added. Barzani’s relations with Turkey have been problematic since the mid-2000s. But relations between Ankara and Arbil have developed in recent years, largely through gas deals. “This visit to Diyarbakir will break another taboo,” the foreign minister also said. “We believe in our government and our policies. We are implementing them without hesitation ... There is nothing wrong with this.” He said a "new consciousness" was being born in Turkey and in the world, and that Turkey was following this to become more contemporary. Davutoglu said Barzani’s visit was announced while he was paying visits to the most important Shiite cities in Iraq, Najaf and Kerbela, and that this was reflected in Turkey’s approach toward Iraq as well. “This reflects not only our policy toward Iraq but also our internal policy choices,” he said. Evaluating the ongoing resolution process to end the Kurdish issue within Turkey, Davutoglu said abandoning the process would send Turkey into a "tunnel with no end." "Nobody in Turkey will approve of such scenario or those who approve such a scenario. Everybody should take into account the consequences of such a move," he said.
TURKISH HUMANITARIAN AID REACHES PHILIPPINES
SABAH/STAR - 13/11/2013
Turkey's humanitarian aid to Philippines which was recently hit by a massive calamity has reached the disaster area. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay travelled to Philippines to visit the disaster area to see the humanitarian crisis on site on Monday. Speaking to reporters in the capital Manila, while the humanitarian aid was submitted to Philippine Red Cross officials, Atalay said that Turkey was ready to provide all kinds of aid for Philippines. For his part, President of Philippine Red Cross Richard J. Gordon thanked Atalay for the aid. Turkey's state-owned relief organization Kizilay (Red Crescent) has sent 65 tons of aid consisting of food, kitchen equipments, blankets and tents to the disaster-hit Philippines on Monday. 54 COUNTRIES TO MEET AT BOSPORUS
AKSAM - 13/11/2013
The 4th Bosporus Summit of the International Cooperation Platform will be held on November 20-22 in Istanbul. The summit which is set to host politicians, businesspeople and academics from 54 countries will be inaugurated by President Abdullah Gul. This year's theme at the summit was identified as the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) in Sustainable Global Competition. Speaking at a meeting to promote the summit, Chairman of the Board of Exporters Mehmet Buyukeksi said that Turkey's exports to the MENA region increased by 11 folds, rising from $4.7 million to $51.8 million.